So, this is a going to be a lengthy piece but well worth the read. As a busy tattoo studio we hear endless horror stories about people tattooing from home with no license. We call them scratchers (other people may have other names) People go to scratchers for cheap tattoos without considering what they're tattoo is going to end up looking like, the amount they'll have to pay in the future to get it covered up/fixed or more importantly their health.
I'm going to talk about a few examples that our studio has personally come across or heard about locally (no names mentioned) I'll also talk about the importance of researching your tattoo artist due to the amount of cover up's we do here. What's the point in going somewhere because they're dirt cheap just to pay to get it covered/fixed/removed in the future? You get what you pay for.
The most important thing is your health. We know of someone close to us that tattooed from home with no licence or training who put used needles into a baby bottle steriliser(!!) then re-ues them. This same person supposedly uses ice cube trays as ink caps and washes it in the kitchen sink. This is so dangerous and can cause a number of health risks. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases — including tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Scary right? This is why it is so important to go to a studio with a premises licence, with artists who have licences to prove they have been checked out by the environmental health.
So they are the health risks now onto the quality of the tattoo. It goes without saying, if someone isn't good enough at tattooing to be in a professional studio you shouldn't being going to them full stop. Before getting a tattoo you should think carefully - as dumb as it sounds, it will be on you forever and not everything is coverable or fixable. Go to different studios, have a look around and talk to different artists. You'll find different tattoo artists specialise in different styles so it's always worth finding the best one for your design. Most studios will help you create a design so it is unique to you and fits what you want the the best. You won't get this service from a scratcher. People go to scratchers for the cheap prices, and if you go to a studio and they are low prices ask yourself why before jumping at the 'bargain'. A good quality tattoo will cost you money, they are not cheap but they are worth it when done right by the right person. In our studio we often cover up other peoples poorly done work. Near enough all these clients say they went to him/her because they were cheap and now they regret it. In some cases things just aren't fixable. Do you want to be left with a permanent reminder of a bad decision? Whether it is a badly done tattoo or HIV.
So there we go, it really is worth putting a lot of thought into it and looking around before going for a tattoo. Is a £50 back piece really worth your health?